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Religious Studies

125 Carolina Hall, CB# 3225
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First Session, 2021

RELI 103 (JWST 103) Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature (3)

ONLINE. This course introduces students to the various books of the Hebrew Bible and to the history and culture of ancient Israel, focusing on the formation of national identity, ancient conceptualizations of divinity, ritual practice, and modes of social regulation, all of which are set against the background of the ancient Near East. Honors version available. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

RELI 104 Introduction to the New Testament (3)

MAYMESTER. This course studies the New Testament from both a literary and a historical perspective, focusing on its origins in the land of Israel and moving into the eastern Mediterranean. In it students learn to wrestle with the nature of historical evidence, develop their skills for making argumentation, and learn how to analyze the philosophical and ethical claims of the ancient Christian texts, and participate in class debates on contemporary ethical issues. Honors version available. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.

RELI 122 Introduction to Philosophical Approaches to Religion (3)

ONLINE. An introduction to philosophical approaches to the study of religion, exploring such topics as religious language and experience, the problem of evil, the relation between religious belief and practice, and issues of religious diversity. Honors version available. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

RELI 162 Catholicism Today: An Introduction to the Contemporary Catholic Church (3)

ONLINE. This course provides students with a first glimpse and insight into the Catholic tradition, past, present, and future: its beliefs, structure, aims, successes, and failures. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

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RELI 167 Global Christianity (3) ***Cancelled***

MAYMESTER. Christianity began in Asia and Africa, followed by expansion into Europe and eventually the Americas. Now, the Global South again has the highest population of Christians. This course examines the geographical expansion of Christianity in its early history, then turns to modern and current processes of enculturation and globalization as well as inter-religious dynamics. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.

RELI 180 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (ASIA 180) (3)

ONLINE. A broad, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary introduction to the traditional civilization of the Muslim world. Students may not receive credit for both RELI 180/ASIA 180 and ASIA 138/HIST 138. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

RELI 201 Ancient Biblical Interpretation (3)

ONLINE. The course looks at the origins of biblical interpretation, how the Hebrew Bible was interpreted around the turn of the Common Era, the key formative period for early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. We consider the nature of interpretation as an endeavor, as well as how the Bible came to be viewed as Scripture. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

RELI 236 Religious Things (3)

ONLINE. An introduction to religion and visual culture in the United States. The course focuses on painting, ritual objects, and architecture. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

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RELI 246 Supernatural Encounters: Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and the Occult in the Americas (3) ***Cancelled***

MAYMESTER. This course examines accounts of supernatural beings such as zombies and vampires and aims to understand them as popular ways of making sense of the world in the context of uneven and frequently unsettling processes of modernization, neoliberalism, and globalization. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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Second Session, 2021

RELI 140 Religion in America (3)

An introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present. Honors version available. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

RELI 141 African American Religions (3)

ONLINE. Survey of the historical development of various African American religious traditions, with emphasis on folk spirituality, gender issues, black nationalism, and the role of the church in the black community. Honors version available. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

RELI 207 Jesus in the Early Christian Gospels (3)

ONLINE. An analysis of the variety of traditions used in the first two centuries to portray Jesus, focusing on the reasons for this variety and the historical and literary problems it presents. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

RELI 283 (ASIA 300) The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (3)

ONLINE. Examines the diverse beliefs, practices, and cultures associated with Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Topics include Buddhism’s development and spread, the cultural dynamics of Himalayan societies, monasticism, folk religion, revivalism, tourism, gender, globalization, and the role of the state in shaping Buddhist life and culture. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

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